Every soul in India follows a religion from which he imbibes knowledge about how he must lead an ideal life. Respecting one another and working towards building a society where every one lives in harmony, are the tenets of every religion, isn’t it? Everyone who has read their religious text will vouch for this knowledge that it imparts. Then, why do we still have discrimination based on religion, caste and creed? Why the intolerance for the other religion, whichever it may be? Aren’t we taught that we all are ‘one’? Our gods must have given up on us by now; no wonder the chaos all around us!
And, so must have our goddesses, whom we revere in our temples, but whose image we fail to revere and respect in our everyday life. ‘Image’, being every woman here, in this country of ours! Everyday, we read about rapes and violence against women, happening all around us. On days, when I read more than a few such news articles, I wonder if it is some sort of an epidemic that has spread all over our country?! Yes, passing stringent laws and punishing the guilty without delay will definitely help. But, isn’t it our responsibility to implement what we learn – we being the most religious citizens of the lot? God-fearing, eh? Are we really so?
Isn’t it time we actually, really, made an attempt to bring about a change – in ourselves? Society will change on its own; it’s us we need to work upon first! Work towards embracing, and respecting, each and every citizen of our country – irrespective of their gender, their religion and their choice of life. Kindness towards our fellow citizens, respect and care for our motherland, and working towards the betterment of our nation as we would for our home, is our duty. It’s also something we owe to our past, as well as to our future – the generation that fought for our freedom, and the generation that will take over from us in the times to come.
Journalist and historian, Khushwant Singh in his book,’There is no god’, quoted American writer Ella Wheeler Wilcox, whose simple words are what we really need to follow today.
So many gods, so many creeds, so many paths that wind and wind,
When just the art of being kind is all that the sad world needs.
It may sound cliched, but isn’t it a fact, that a change in mindsets and our age-old philosophy is the need of the hour? We harp about it every year on Independence day and Republic day, and yet, we fail to see any substantial improvement around us! I guess, the time has come to really make a solid attempt at bringing about that necessary change – in ourselves – so that one day, we awake to that beautiful day when our country will be in a position where we so want her to be!
Let us follow a new religion of kindness and tolerance for one and all. Let us all labour tirelessly for the India we dream about, and, instead of pointing accusing fingers at the laws that govern, the powers that be, take it upon ourselves to reform the image of this country and bring her the recognition and the respect she so deserves! Together, we can, and, we should!
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